A man was killed and a woman suffered major injuries after their SUV hit the back of a big rig stopped in a Highway 101 construction zone near Healdsburg early Wednesday, the CHP said.
The 36‑year‑old driver was heading north about 2:15 a.m. when he ran into the rig’s trailer near Dry Creek Road, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.
The rig stopped after Caltrans roadwork temporarily blocked the fast lane. The slow lane had been closed for construction.
The SUV driver was traveling 50 to 65 mph and failed to slow down prior to impact, CHP said. He and his passenger were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where the driver died. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office identified him Thursday as Roger Lewis Evans of Ukiah.
No identification was found for the woman, and she couldn’t be interviewed due to her injuries, Sloat said.
The big rig driver, Luis Armando Marroquin, 58, of Richmond, wasn’t injured.
Sloat asked anyone who saw the crash to call CHP officers at 707‑588‑1400.
Staff Writer J.D. Morris contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter@rossmannreport.